Nichirin rallies past Marshall Medical

Friday, May 30, 2014
Nichirin catcher Jacob Autry throws out Marshall Medical Center's Caleb Crowell at first base after digging a third strike out of the dirt in the top of the fourth inning. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Nichirin picked up their first win of the season on Tuesday night when they rallied to defeat Marshall Medical Center 10-8 in six innings to avenge an 8-7 loss to MMC eight days earlier.

Similar to their previous encounter, Marshall Medical Center (1-5) got off to a fast start and raced out to a 6-0 lead in the second inning before taking a 7-2 advantage into the bottom of the fourth.

Things went awry for MMC after that point, as Nichirin (1-5) tallied three runs in the bottom of the fourth to slice the deficit to 7-5 prior to crossing home plate five times in the fifth inning to seize a 10-7 advantage.

Close call

After narrowing the gap to 10-8 in the top of the sixth, Marshall Medical Center left the two potential tying runs in scoring position before the game's time limit expired at the end of the inning.

Bolstered by their late offensive surge, Nichirin finished with eight hits against three MMC hurlers to go along with four walks and five Marshall Medical Center errors. Jacob Autry (2 RBI), Quintin Martinez (1 RBI), Blake Diestelow (1 RBI), Camryn Ruiz (1 RBI), Joseph Freeland (1 RBI), Landon Darnell, starting pitcher Hunter Bradford, and Camryn Burrow tallied one hit apiece for Nichirin.

Reliever Hunter Haurez picked up the win for Nichirin and allowed one unearned run on one hit and two walks over two and a third innings while registering four strikeouts. Bradford had to settle for the no decision after yielding seven runs, four earned, in three and two-third innings of work on five hits and five walks to go along with six strikeouts.

Hitting spree

Marshall Medical Center's Thomas Hawkins lines a two-run single into centerfield in the top of the second inning against Nichirin.

Thomas Hawkins had a big day at the plate for Marshall Medical Center and went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI to raise his season batting average to .444. Caleb Crowell (1 RBI), Trent Richardson, and Nathan Derryberry each notched one hit for MMC as well.

Marshall Medical Center reliever Grayson Whaley suffered the loss and gave up four runs, two earned, in one inning on four hits. MMC starting pitcher Jackson Coward also had to settle for a no decision and allowed two runs over three innings on three hits and a walk while recording six strikeouts.

Bradford retired Marshall Medical Center in order in the first inning, but ran into trouble in the top of the second, as MMC crossed home plate six times in the frame on the strength of a Richardson single, a RBI single by Crowell, three walks, two wild pitches, an error, and a Hawkins two-run single to take a 6-0 lead.

Nichirin closed the gap to 6-2 in the bottom of the third thanks to a two-run single by Autry, but Marshall Medical Center tallied a run in the top of the fourth on a Hawkins RBI single to open up a 7-2 advantage.

Defensive lapse

MMC's defense let them down in the bottom of the fourth, as Nichirin plated three unearned runs in the inning with the help of two errors, two walks, a hit batsman, and a RBI single by Ruiz to whittle the deficit to 7-5.

Nichirin then completed their comeback by pushing across five runs in the bottom of the fifth behind an Autry walk, a single by Bradford, a Denver Kelly RBI groundout, a RBI single by Martinez, a Diestelow RBI single, an error, a RBI single by Freeland, and a Blake Vinson RBI groundout to grab a 10-7 lead.

Marshall Medical Center narrowed the gap to 10-8 in the top of the sixth on a RBI single by Hawkins before putting runners on second and third with two outs, but Haurez bore down and struck out Crowell to secure the win for Nichirin.